"War Comes to America," Chapter VII of Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" series, begins by celebrating the American values of liberty and freedom that are threatened by the aggressive forces of Germany and Japan. The early years of the war are seen from the perspective of the United States, with particular focus on the reluctance of the American people to get involved in a European or Asian conflict. As the German army rolls across Europe, Nazi organizations spring up across the United States. The film attributes the rise of such groups to Hitler's policy of softening up future targets with political sympathizers, and shows one surreal Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden, where paintings of George Washington hang alongside the swastika. Eventually the American government realizes that war is inevitable and cranks up the production of weapons and drafts the largest army in its history. The film ends with the war's beginning for the United States, the surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
July 11, 2011 Subject:
VERY interesting & informative
Tells you everything that you want to know about all the fascinating events that were happening in America and thru-out the world right up until Pearl Harbor, and the big change in American opinion.
March 24, 2011 Subject:
I really like this film
June 2, 2006 Subject:
Great conclusion to the "Why We Fight series"
I especially liked the animated sequence near the end which spelled out the dire consequences to the United States of an Axis victory in Eurasia. I don't understand why many Americans are so bellicose, since there is no real prospect of the entire Eastern Hemisphere falling to Islamofascism, as there was of it falling to Axis or Communist domination...